Rhodes Culture

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Cuisine: Pitaroudia, traditional food from Rhodes and Dodecanese. Local specialities of Rhodes include: Avranies, Koulouria, Pitaroudia, Pouggia, Tsirigia, Fanouropita, Katimeria, Melekouni, Pouggakia, Takakia, or Mantinades, and muchalebi.

In popular culture: In ancient times there was a Roman saying: “Hic Rhodus, hic salta!”—”Rhodes is here, here perform your jump”, an admonition to prove one’s idle boasts by deed rather than talk. It comes from an Aesop’s fable called “The Boastful Athlete” and was cited by Hegel and Marx. The name of the US state of Rhode Island is based on a reference to Rhodes by Italian explorer Giovanni Verrazano. In a 1524 letter detailing his excursion into the waters around either Block Island or Aquidneck Island Verrazano wrote that he ” “discovered an Ilande in the form of a triangle, distant from the maine lande 3 leagues, about the bignesse of the Ilande of the Rodes”.

Lawrence Durrell’s Reflections on a Marine Venus (1953) is the author’s semi-autobiographical account of his stay on the island after World War II. In the PlayStation 2 game God of War II, both Rhodes and the Colossus of Rhodes are featured at the start of the game, offering a mythological theory as to how the Colossus was destroyed. The Colossus of Rhodes is a common feature in many games, for example, it can be built as a “Wonder” in Rise of Nations and the Civilization series of games. In one book of the Roman Mysteries series of children’s novels by Caroline Lawrence, the main characters visit Rhodes to stop the trading of slave labour.

Cinema; Movies filmed on the island include: They Who Dare, Surprise Package (film), The Guns of Navarone, Kiss the Girls (1965 film), Signs of Life (1968 film), Escape to Athena, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,